Local Water Resources
Carlsbad is blessed to have nearly seven miles of beach and three beautiful lagoons within its boundaries -the Buena Vista Lagoon to the north, the Batiquitos Lagoon to the south and the Agua Hedionda Lagoon in the middle. The lagoons cover more than 1,000 acres and are home to a wealth of flora and fauna.
According to the Carlsbad Watershed Network, 75% of San Diego’s coastal wetlands have been lost in the past 140 years as a result of development. Water quality has been significantly degraded by increased urbanization and decreased open space. Employing sustainable gardening methods at our homes and in our communal open spaces is one of the best ways we can help to conserve and enhance our precious local water resources. In particular, reducing our use of pesticides and herbicides (and properly using them when deemed essential), is critical to maintaining the quality of our water resources. When pesticides and herbicides are applied, they have the potential to run off to sites that could impact our water. Pesticides and herbicides can be toxic to ﬁsh and wildlife, and can pose a threat to human health as well.
At present, the Carlsbad Municipal Water District imports all of its drinking water from sources hundreds of miles away. Some of it comes from the Colorado River through the Colorado River Aqueduct, and the rest from Northern California through the California Aqueduct (also known as the State Water Project). We are all becoming increasingly aware of the value and cost of this precious resource to our local community and the entire world. Employing sustainable landscaping and gardening methods, is a simple way we can all become better stewards of our local and imported water resources.